After their third straight victory over defending champion Ohio Machine 17-6 Thursday, the Denver Outlaws have acquiring a first-round pick in the 2019 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft and a 12th-round pick in the 2019 MLL Supplemental Draft from the New York Lizards in exchange for face off specialist Tom Kelly.
Selected by Denver in the third round of the 2016 MLL Supplemental Draft, Kelly won 54.5 percent (456-of-837) of face offs in 30 regular-season games played with the Outlaws.
The emergence of Max Adler could be pointed at as a big reason why the Outlaws pulled the trigger on the trade. A second year player with the Outlaws. Adler is near the top of the MLL in face off percentage and has provided a major boost for the Outlaws who are .500 after eight games.
Adler played in three games as a rookie in 2017. Adler scored a single goal, recorded 19 ground balls and won 46-83 face offs. Adler is sure to see the field extensively now with the trade announced today.
Dominate in the face off circle during his career at Bentley, Adler finished fourth in Division II in face off winning percentage (67.9%) as a senior.
Outlaws will host the Florida Launch on June 16th at Mile High Stadium with first face off at 7:30pm MST.